Brief of Meijiawu Tea Culture Village
Your stay in Hangzhou won’t be complete without a visit to the tea plantations in Meijiawu. This is the cradle of Dragon Well Tea, and it is known for producing the best green tea in China.
To emphasize the right picking time, tea farmers in Hangzhou remark that “three days ahead are gold, three days late are trash.” The most experienced tea farmers know that the best tea is picked several days before Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Festival) which usually occurs around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar. Named as Mingqian Tea, they worth their weight in gold.
In one of the farmer houses in Meijiawu, you can join the locals to pick tea, observe the tea baking process, and reward yourself with a cup of Dragon Well Green Tea, drunk within its native plantation. If you want to get acquainted with the history, diversity and culture about different kinds of tea that are unique to China, the National Tea Museum is a must-see.